Training and Accreditation:
I am a qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist located in Dublin City Centre. I hold a BA Honours Degree in Psychology from National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM/Maynooth University) and a Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from ZestLife College. I am a pre-accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP). With Trust Therapy, I work in two centres in Dublin City Centre; one located in Dublin 2 (Pearse Street), the other in Dublin 6 (Harolds Cross).
Some areas of additional training (CPD) I have gained include:
- An Introduction to Theory & Practice of Compassion Focused Therapy with Chris Irons and Shelley Kerr – The Compassionate Mind Foundation UK.
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
- Managing Professional Boundaries
- Communicating in Challenging Circumstances Loss and Grief (The Irish Hospice)
- SafeTalk (Suicide Awareness)
- ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
My therapeutic approach is integrative. This means that I don’t believe in a “one size fits all. Instead, I use several different therapeutic modalities collaboratively with each person to explore what best suits your needs. Some of these approaches include Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Mindfulness Based, and Humanistic.
Regardless of modalities, I feel that at the core of my approach is that I care deeply about the well-being of others and am passionate about helping people. I truly admire those who make the difficult and courageous step to seek help. With this in mind, I aim to ensure that you feel as comfortable as possible and work together at a pace that suits you.
I aim to empower clients on their journey with an emphasis on exploring and validating their difficulties, where some difficulties may have never been accepted or recognised before. No issue is too big or too small. I support each person to gain awareness and to better understand their experiences. I also guide clients to find ways to effectively manage their feelings, thoughts and worries. Furthermore, my approach is non-judgmental, empathic and compassionate.
Counselling Experience and Areas of Interest:
Outside of the counselling room, I have worked in many areas such as working as a Home Tutor to children with Autism (ASD), teaching English in Spain, working for my family’s business, Jigsaw (Centre for Young People’s Mental Health) and the Alzheimer’s Society (Helpline Adviser – emotional support for people with dementia and for their families/carers). I feel that each of these areas have taught me different lessons and insights which have contributed to myself both personally and professionally as a therapist.
I work in various areas including but not limited:
- Young adult/youth issues
- Low mood/Depression
- Anger management
- Work issues/stress
- Relationship/friendship difficulties
- Life transitions
- Coping skills
- Personal development
My sessions take place either face to face (in person), online (by Zoom with or without video option) or by telephone. If the above resonates with you, feel free to contact me by phone or by email.